Winter 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 2006 |

An Interview with Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, India, and raised in India and Sudan. When she was eighteen she went to study in England. She now lives in New York City, where she is a Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her eight volumes of poetry include the collections, Illiterate Heart (2002), which won a 2002 PEN Open Book Award, and Raw Silk (2004). Much of her work is concerned with migration and its impact on the writer's subjectivity, and with the sometimes violent events that compel people to cross borders, while a number of her recent poems, such as "Late, There Was an Island" and "Triptych in a Time of War," deal with the aftermath of the traumatic events of September 11, 2001. Alexander has produced the acclaimed autobiography Fault Lines (1993), chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 1993, and revised in 2003 to incorporate significant new material. She has also published two novels,

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Ruth Maxey is currently completing a doctorate in South Asian diaspora writing at University College, London. She has recently published “ ‘The East is Where Things Begin’: Writing the Ancestral Homeland in Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston,” Orbis Literarum 60.1 (Feb. 2005): 1-15.
Meena Alexander
Meena Alexander has two new books forthcoming in 2018. Her volume of poems Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern U Press) and the anthology she edited Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect in Writing (Yale U Press). She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY. www.meenaalexander.com

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